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Raging Justice - Xbox One Review

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A dated brawler experience

Game Info: (Box Display)

  • System: Xbox One, PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch
  • Publisher: Team17 Digital Ltd
  • Developer: MakinGames Ltd
  • Release Date: May 8, 2018

Who it Caters to

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Does anyone remember the good ole days when beat ‘em ups were in every arcade and almost every gaming console had one? Yeah, we miss those days, too, here at Honey’s Anime HQ. However, Raging Justice by developer MakinGames seems to want to try and bring back the classic beat ‘em up glory with their 2018 release title known as Raging Justice. Those who love the side scrolling glory of beating down enemy after enemy might just want to read on. Raging Justice might just be the game you’ve been craving for that nostalgic blast from the past.

What to Expect

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Raging Justice plays out like games from the late 70s to early 80s. Players take control of one of three “heroes” who must endure wave after wave of goons who want nothing more to take you out. Play alone or with a local friend to fight through several stages of increasing difficulties as the enemies get tougher and the bosses wilder. If you grow tired of the story mode, you can also see how long you can endure in Brawl Mode and tough it out as long as humanly possible. Raging Justice tries to be an old school beat ‘em up in every way possible and that might be the right type of game for those who love the genre no matter the title.


Story

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Crime, corruption, and violence are rising in the city. Everywhere you look, gangs seem to continue to pop up leading to more and more destruction and chaos as time goes by. However, three people have decided to try and take back their city by using whatever means necessary. Will they arrest offenders and throw the law at them or will they beat their enemies into the ground? Whatever choice these three saviors make must be done fast as the city might eventually be too far gone for anyone to save it…

Gameplay

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While we would never directly say how old any of us are here at Honey’s Anime HQ, we will say that some of us grew up in the arcade world. Many modern gamers probably don’t even know what an arcade is seeing as how they have been mostly phased out in the west, unfortunately. However, with current gen consoles pumping out amazing games that adhere to both old school charms and new ones, we don’t miss arcades too much…more so we miss the classic games from them. Developer MakinGames seemed to have heard our cries for classic titles and released a rather interesting side scrolling beat ‘em up called Raging Justice. Does it bring us back to our beloved youth or does Raging Justice miss the right nostalgic notes? Let us find out in our review of Raging Justice for the Xbox One.

Basically, Raging Justice is a classic beat ‘em up in every sense of the word. Players assume the role of one of three characters—Rick, Ashley or Nikki—and let their fists fly as they beat down punk after punk in classic gameplay fashion. This is where Raging Justice shines brightest. The beat ‘em up style that reminds us of classic games like Final Fight or Streets of Rage is where Raging Justice seems to work perfectly. Each of the three characters uses a different style—Rick hits hard while Ashley is quick for example—and you can even use super moves at the risk of depleting some of your health. You’ll be fighting through several stages picking up guns, weapons and random objects as well as kicking and punching enemies till you reach the end of the stage where a boss usually is waiting. Unfortunately, for every good thing Raging Justice does well, it also makes a lot of mistakes that hinder the experience you’ll be having if you play it.

Let’s look at the pros first. As we mentioned numerous times already, Raging Justice harkens back to the classics and it works well doing so. Equally, having a buddy—who needs to be in the same room as you since there is no online co-op here—makes Raging Justice feel like the arcade beat ‘em up it’s trying to be. With some excellent music and the ability to even arrest enemies rather than just beat them till they fade away, Raging Justice seems to be the perfect trip for us gamers who love the classics. Though the longer you play Raging Justice the more you begin to see the bigger problems it has.

Raging Justice has some very ambitious ideals that might be trying to adhere to the way old school beat ‘em ups felt, but it doesn’t work in the current gaming landscape. Often, Raging Justice just reminds us of the classic beat ‘em ups that did it better and it makes us want to play those instead of this. Add to that the visuals which are downright poor and you’re just left sighing as you go through the same seven enemy variants over and over hoping the next boss will at least ease the repetition. Though even the bosses for Raging Justice—which some are literally anger inducing—don’t help with their very cliché designs and downright annoying fighting styles. Needless to say, Raging Justice feels old, looks old and gets old fast.

Though here at Honey’s Anime, we don’t like to end a review on a sour note so let us mention one other element we liked about Raging Justice. Aside from story mode, there is a Brawl Mode which is pretty entertaining. Players will fight wave after wave of enemies all with only one life. This mode might be simple but it’s a nice incentive to see added in to Raging Justice as it gives the game some longevity. Raging Justice also has an online leaderboard for everything too which means competitive players will always want to see how far they can go in Brawl Mode or how fast they can beat one of the story mode levels all while racking up points. It’s not a lot, but it’s enough to entice some gamers in the right direction.


Honey's Gameplay Consensus:

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Raging Justice feels like a dated beat ‘em up experience and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, in this case, we wish it could have been a bit more polished. The fighting mechanics aren’t bad and clearly, Raging Justice had a lot of love put into it to try and adhere to classic titles like it. Yet, with poor graphics, a weak amount of stages and some annoying bosses, Raging Justice just feels too dated for its own good. For those who love old school games, Raging Justice might be a solid nostalgia trip. Everyone else though, Raging Justice doesn’t feel as epic as its title and might be a title better suited to those who desperately need a beat ‘em up in their lives.

Honey's Pros:

  • Old school beat ‘em up style
  • Solid music
  • Brawl mode can be quite fun
  • Arresting enemies is kind of a neat idea

Honey's Cons:

  • Lackluster bosses and enemies to fight
  • Some really annoying bosses (especially Mr. P)
  • Repetitive environments
  • Very poor graphics

Honey's Final Verdict:

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Old school beat ‘em ups don’t release often anymore in the current gaming era, but it’s understandable seeing as how they are kind of a dying genre of games. The classics like Streets of Rage, Altered Beast or even Double Dragon will always hold a fond place in our hearts here at Honey’s Anime even now in 2018. However, Raging Justice will be a game that probably won’t ever have the same reaction as it’s a game with classic inspirations but done in a rather ho hum manner. We didn’t hate our experience with Raging Justice, but we equally can’t say it’s worth the asking price of $14.99 unless you love all things beat ‘em up. Are you thinking of buying Raging Justice or have you already? Let us know in the comments below as we always love hearing from our readers and what opinions they wish to share with us. Remember to keep stuck to our hive for even more game reviews and articles from us here at Honey’s Anime!

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Author: Aaron

Hey everyone I’m Aaron Curbelo or Blade as I’m called by my YouTube Subscribers. I’ve been an anime/manga fan since I was a young kid. In terms of anime I have watched nearly a thousand shows and have read hundreds of manga series. I love writing and honestly was so happy to join Honey’s Anime to get a shot to write articles for such a wonderful site. I’m a firm believer in respect in the anime community being the most important embodiment we should all have. We all love anime and we have varying opinions of series but we should respect one another for those differences! Life is too precious to spend it making needless arguments in a community that should be the shining example of loving an amazing medium. I hope as a writer for Honey’s Anime I can bring you folks some amazing articles to read and enjoy!

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